Meet Our Hygienists

Meet Our Hygienists


Catherine Deecher is a graduate from Springfield Technical Community College. She has been with Amherst Dental Group since 2001. Continuing education courses and being active in her community are most important to her. 
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Kelly Pope
Kelly Pope graduated from Springfield Technical Community College in 1997 and later returned in 2006 to earn her license to administer local anesthesia.

Kelly has been with Amherst Dental Group since 1998. Kelly is an avid runner, loves to read and enjoys spending time with her family and friends. 


Doreen Beard
Doreen Beard is a graduate of Springfield Technical Community College's Dental Hygiene program, class of 1981. She has been with Amherst Dental Group since 2005. Doreen has practiced dental hygiene in a variety of settings from general practice to public health in Utah and Alaska. 

Doreen resides here in beautiful Amherst with her husband, Garry, and their two daughters. In her free time she is a very active "crew" mom; enjoys walking, hiking and traveling with her family to the Cape and Florida.


Elena Almonte
Elena earned her A.S. degree in Dental Hygiene from Springfield Technical Community College in 2012 and has been a part of the Amherst Dental team ever since. The most rewarding aspect of being a hygienist for Elena is developing personal relationships with her patients. She looks forward to not only treating her patients with excellent care, but catching up with what’s going on in their personal and professional lives.  
In her free time she enjoys time spent with family, watching her son play sports, anything fitness and a good pickup game of basketball”.


Stephanie Gibson
Stephanie Gibson graduated from Springfield Technical Community College with a degree in science in dental hygiene.

She enjoys playing and coaching soccer in her spare time, as well as spending time with her friends and family.


Debbie Olson
Debbie Olson earned her degree in Dental Hygiene at Springfield Technical Community College and has been practicing since 1995. As a long-term associate at Amherst Dental Group, she has gained a wealth of experience in dealing with a wide range of different patient needs.

Debbie believes in providing the highest quality of compassionate care in a comfortable setting. With her dedicated patient education coupled with her dialogue, long-lasting partnerships in your oral health are formed.


Joanne Cleary
Joanne Cleary graduated from Forsyth Dental Hygiene School in 1993. Prior to that she received a Bachelor of Arts in Education from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1990.

She has been with Amherst Dental Group since 2010 and enjoys working with a team of professionals who have a high standard of care and who view patients as family. Outside of work Joanne enjoys spending time with her husband and three children, and volunteering with Girl Scout and 4-H groups. 


Karen grew up here in Amherst, where her father practiced dentistry on Pray St. After attending hygiene school, she moved to Florida and lived there for 27 years. Karen has a developed background in both practicing dental hygiene, as well as consulting for dental hygienists. 

She has been a wonderful asset to our team since 2009, filling in when our full-time hygienists are out. Karen has two children; her daughter is a critical care nurse in Tampa and her son is attending college in Florida.

Call Amherst Dental Group at 413-253-9582 to schedule your appointment today.


Erin Mazumdar earned her dental hygiene degree from Springfield Technical Community College in 2008, and previously earned a BA in Music Education from Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego. She has been working part time and per diem with Amherst Dental Group since 2009, and is currently seeing patients on Wednesdays.
Erin lives with her husband and four children in Hadley. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, helping her kids develop their own interests and abilities, and playing keyboard with her church in Sunderland


Samantha is a registered dental hygienist who graduated from Mount Wachusett Community College in Gardner Massachusetts. She worked as a dental assistant at a pediatric dental office before joining the Amherst Dental Group team in 2011. In her off time,

Samantha enjoys spending time with her husband and being a mother to her 
three sons
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